Apr 25, 2010 8:51pm
05/03/72 Olympia Theater - Paris, FR
I ) Bertha, Me & My Uncle, Mr. Charlie, Sugaree, Black Throated Wind, Chinatown Shuffle, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Beat It On Down The Line, He's Gone, Next Time You See Me, Playin' In The Band, Tennessee Jed, Good Lovin', Sing Me Back Home, Casey Jones
II ) Greatest Story Ever Told, Ramble On Rose, It Hurts Me Too, Truckin'-> Space-> The Other One-> Drums-> The Other One-> Me And Bobby McGee-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat, Jack Straw, Sugar Magnolia, Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away, E: One More Saturday Night
Best Source: SBD masse.142.sbeok.shnf
Sound Quality: A/A+
Score: 99 pts
("Honeymoon theft" / master reel source = phenomenal sound quality! Thank you Dick R.I.P. The masse.142.sbeok.shnf is exceptional. Very quiet, with superb clarity and separation. This multi-sourced file showcases some of the very best sound quality of the E '72 tour!)
Comments: Could a boxed set of this and the following performance be the next official release from this tour?
Official Release: China/Rider, Tennesse Jed and Jack Straw are on Europe '72.
Taper's Section: Playin in the Band (4/28/08), Good Lovin' (4/30/07), Other One> Drums> Other One> Bobby McGee> Other One> Wharf Rat (5/4/09)
The Other One Schematic: The Other one Jam (9:22) > first verse (0:42) > transitional Jam (0:26) > Bobby McGee (5:31) > spacey Jam (1:52) > the Other one Jam (4:37) > The Other One Jam (1:47) > second verse (0:48) > Wharf Rat
"Olympia Theater in Paris just like the Fillmore East, if anything, a bit more funky. Tradition-riddled place. Everyone keeps saying how special it is because of who's played here: the Stones, the Who, Pfaf, Aznavour...Hallowed ground, but with insufficiant electricity." Rock Scully
Notes: c'est magnifique! A stunningly beautiful performance, the band seems revitalized in Paris. And it doesn't hurt that this music is sourced from the "Honeymoon Theft" tapes! This high-energy show smokes from start to finish, each song exploratory yet flawlessly played. Bertha, China/Rider (on Europe '72), Sugaree and Sing Me Back Home are dynamite. Virtually every song played at this performance is a candidate for best of the tour, with One More Saturday Night and Jack Straw (on Europe '72) being possible best-ever renditions. The second set jam suite is extraordinary; the amazing Other One rivaling the incredible performance in Frankfurt one week earlier. An intense Truckin' slips into an eerily quiet passage before Bobby and Phil again revisit the georgeous theme they explored in Aarhus. This time Phil is a bit more persistent though, eventually leading the way into a more structured Other One Jam. It's all hands on deck before yet another quiet passage featuring some sublime chord by Bob Weir, punctuated by a second jazzy visit to The Other One theme. A drum break preceeds an ultra-jazzy Phil solo accompanied by some snappy drums. This one sounds like Jimy Blanton and Gene Krupa. The balance of the first reprise is a wonderfully jazzy combination of intense Jerry/Keith duets and more lovely Weir/Lesh interplay. Still not finished with the theme, the second verse/reprise follows a soulfull Bobby McGee. NFA> GDTRFB> NFA is superb as well. Another amazing performance and one of the very best shows of the tour! (99 pts)http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-05-03.sbd.masse.142.sbeok.shnfhttp://www.dead.net/features/tapers-section/may-04-may-10-2009
05/04/72 Olympia Theater - Paris, FR
I ) Greatest Story Ever Told, Deal, Mr. Charlie, Beat It On Down The Line, Brown Eyed Women, Chinatown Shuffle, Playin' In The Band, You Win Again, It Hurts Me Too, He's Gone, El Paso, Big Railroad Blues, Two Souls In Communion, Casey Jones
II ) Good Lovin', Next Time You See Me, Ramble On Rose, Jack Straw, Dark Star-> Drums-> Dark Star-> Sugar Magnolia, Sing Me Back Home, Mexicali Blues, Big Boss Man, Uncle John's Band, Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away, E: One More Saturday Night
Best Source: SBD miller.77294.sbeok.flac16
Sound Quality: A
Score: 98 pts
(Brilliant sound quality, possibly sourced from "Honeymoon" tapes? There are several cuts, but this Rolfe sourced Charlie Miller remaster is still among the very best in sound quality for what circulates from the tour)
Official Release: Sugar Magnolia is on Europe '72.
Taper's Section: Good Lovin' (4/30/07), Dark Star (4/18/08)
Comments: Casey Jones and NFA are cut. Cut at the end of Dark Star. False start on Next Time You See Me.
Dark Star Timing: Dark Star theme/jam (2:19) > spacey Jam (8:58) > transitional Jam (0:23) > first verse (1:50) > Space with drummers (3:25) > 'happy' Jam (1:13) > spacey Dark Star Jam (3:21) > transitional Jam (0:14) > second verse (2:04) > Sugar Magnolia
Notes: Another Parisian masterpiece, this time with an exceptional performance of Dark Star. While the first set is not quite as spectacular as that of the night before, although Mr. Charlie could be a best-ever performance of the song, the second set is another magical moment among many on this tour. Pig's 23 minute Good Lovin' set opener is a fantastic performance. But the high point of this show is of course the moody/exploratory two-part Dark Star split by a drum break, and what is possibly the best Sugar Magnolia of 1972 (on Europe '72). This gorgeous Dark Star soars from the opening notes. It is brilliant and jazzy, sustaining momentum through the entire pre-verse segment. Jerry's playing is particularly inspired. At the 6:00 mark, Billy intiates a snappy jazz beat that drives the ensemble through an extended Coltranesque jam, with Weir slashing in some interesting fills before the verse. The post verse space segment is rather dark and atonal, with some eerie rumblings from Phil before the two and a half minute drum break. Post drums, Phil picks up where he had left off. Things remain spacey and quiet untill 7:15 when Jerry initiates another movement and things get real jazzy again. This one moves quickly for a bit, Jerry blazing before things slow down into a gorgeous UJB type theme jam before the second verse conclusion to one of the jazziest performances of Dark Star on the tour. The following peformance of Sugar Magnolia, used on the Europe '72 is phenomenal. Sing Me Back Home, a lovely UJB, and a start up GDTRFB round out an incedible set. Both of these treasures from France deserve to be boxed and released in their entirety. (98 pts)http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-05-04.sbd.miller.77294.sbeok.flac16http://www.dead.net/features/tapers-section/april-28-may-4-2008
05/07/72 Bickershaw Festival - Wigan, GB
I ) Truckin', Sugaree, Mr. Charlie, Deal, Beat It On Down The Line, He's Gone, Chinatown Shuffle, China Cat Sunflower> I Know You Rider, Black-Throated Wind, Next Time You See Me, Playing in the Band, Tennessee Jed, Good Lovin', Casey Jones
II ) Greatest Story Ever Told, Big Boss Man, Ramble On Rose, Jack Straw, Dark Star-> Drums-> The Other One-> Sing Me Back Home, Sugar Magnolia, Turn On Your Love Light-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away E: One More Saturday Night
Best Source: AUD/SBD (composite).clugston.9193.sbeok.shnf
Sound Quality: B+/A
Score: 98+ pts
(Unfortunately no longer available here, the Clugston composite file of this performance consists of a fair to poor (hissy/noisey) audience recording of the majority of the show, and a very nice quality master reel sourced soundboard recording of the second set jam and the later portion of the set)
Comments: Bill Kreutzmann's 26th birthday. False start on Lovelight. At least segments of this performance exist on film, rumors of an official/commercial release persist.
Official Release: Mr. Charlie, Playin', Good Lovin', Greatest Story, Big Boss Man, Ramble On, Lovelight> GDTRFB are on Steppin' Out.
Taper's Section: Dark Star> Drums> Other One> Sing Me Back Home (5/5/08), Good Lovin' (4/12/10)
Dark Star> Other One Timing: Dark Star theme (4:17) > spacey jam (2:22) > Dark Star theme jam (4:07) > spacey jam (4:05) > Dark Star theme (0:43) > first verse (1:16) > transition to spacey jam (1:04) > space (2:30) > Drums (2:32) > Other One intro (5:09) > Other One jam (2:31) > Other One recue (1:23) > first verse (0:40) > Other One (0:36) > space (14:18) > jam (2:02) > Other One (3:01) > second verse (0:41) > transition (0:10) > Sing Me Back Home
"The crowd had built bonfires around the perimeter of the field to keep warm, but now they piled on the fuel and Bickershaw became a pagan festival, dancers circling the flames, and, in the words of a local writer, the 'Dead had offered safe passage through the wierd terrain.'" Dennis McNally
Notes: A rain sodden and chilly weekend seems to have dampened this festival, though the weather appropriately cleared just before the Dead's show closing performance. Although the sound quality for most of the show renders it rather difficult to enjoy, its obvious why so many songs from this performance were included on the Steppin' Out release. This festival gig was, for the most part, very well played (particularly the second set) and at an extremely high energy level. It also represents Pigpen's finest performance on the tour, and what might be his last great show. The Truckin' opener cooks, while Playin' in the Band, Good Lovin' and the Lovelight> GDTRFB are all great performances. The highlight though, is certainly the phenomenal second set jam suite preserved in master reel source sound quality, featuring both Dark Star AND the Other One. It's the only performance during 1972 to include both songs. Though somewhat abreviated from other Dark Stars on the tour, clocking in at just over 16 minutes, this is a top notch effort nonetheless. The pre-verse theme intro is brilliant. Jerry is soaring! But what really stands out on this one is some rather fine playing by Bobby. His chord-work throughout is gorgeous. It might be his finest contribution to a performance of Dark Star on the entire tour. After a post-verse Space/Drums segment, the band just explodes into The Other One. It's a raging monster performance of the song. Not as jazzy or sophisticated as some of the best versions from the tour, this performance is more primal in nature. At times sounding more like '69 or '70 with a fierce pre-verse attack by Garcia and some amazing swirling organ fills from Pig. After the first verse there is an awesome solo by Phil, perhaps his best of the tour. The space segment continues with Jerry and Weir eventually going atonal. Finally Weir drives the band back into the theme and it catches fire again prior to the second verse. The show concludes with a superb performance of Lovelight, featuring some great slidework by Jerry before another excellent GDTRFB/NFA. If the music of the first set was available in better sound quality, this amazing performance might garner a perfect score. (98+ pts) http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-05-07.sbd-aud.clugston.9193.sbeok.shnfhttp://tela.sugarmegs.org/_asxtela/gd1972-05-07nrps.asxhttp://www.dead.net/features/tapers-section/may-5-may-11-2008
05/10/72 Concertgebouw - Amsterdam, NL
I ) Bertha, Me & My Uncle, Mr. Charlie, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Black Throated Wind, Loser, Next Time You See Me, El Paso, He's Gone, Chinatown Shuffle, Playing in the Band, Big Railroad Blues, Jack Straw, Tennessee Jed, Big Boss Man, Greatest Story Ever Told, Casey Jones
II ) Truckin'-> Drums-> The Other One-> Me And Bobby McGee-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat, Beat It On Down The Line, Two Souls In Communion, Ramble On Rose, Sing Me Back Home, Sugar Magnolia-> Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away
Best Source: SBD .kaplan.1582.sbeok.shnf
Sound Quality: A/A+
Score: 98 pts
(The MR sourced Greg Hamilton/kaplan.1582.sbeok.shnf is virtually perfect. The sound quality of this recording is amazing. The mix/separation is particularly brilliant)
Comments: Bertha fades in.
Official Release: He's Gone is on Europe '72.
"Amsterdam, where the Concertgebouw was a jewel of a theater, the cocaine was far too good..." Dennis McNally
Notes: Perhaps overshadowed by the monumental performances preceeding and following it, this treasure might be the most overlooked gem of the tour. This vastly underrated show is extremely well played from start to finish. Virtually every song is a standout performance. The sound quality is superb and the mix lively. The separation is excellent making it easy to hear how well both Keith and Bobby are playing. While the highlights include a terrific Bertha opener, an excellent Truckin' and what is possibly the best early performance of He's Gone, the centerpiece of the show is another jazzy and extraordinarily jammed out Other One. This one is as fine as the performances of the song in Frankfurt and Paris. It's highly exploratory, visiting numerous themes over its more than 35 minutes. Erupting out of Drums, from the opening notes this performance of The Other One percolates like a pot of fine Blue Mountain. Extremely jazzy in nature, there are several extraordinary movements. A particularly brilliant passage starts at 4:45, after the jam slows down it gets real smokey with an almost Clementine type theme. Close your eyes and you can imagine being in a jazz club. Ten minutes in, the Other One theme emerges again. After the first verse, it gets spacey, eventually going atonal with some wild notes from Phil before another spectacular jazz segment commences at 20:00. Over the next fourteen minutes, this amazing music covers a ton of ground, never losing momentum. Several times the Other One theme re-emerges but somehow the band avoids the second verse. Instead Phil and Bobby initiate an amazing Dylanesque passage at 32:00. Garcia's playing becomes highly emotive, the music is both haunting and sublime. It's one of the most amazing pieces of music on the entire tour. As if the theme has reached its zenith, with nowhere left to go, they segue into Bobby McGee, before finally completing the journey into the reprise and second verse conclusion to what might be the finest performance of The Other One on the tour. Amazingly, there is another full hour of music left in the set including fantastic performances of Wharf Rat, Sugar Magnolia and a dynamite show closing NFA> GDTRFB> NFA. (98 pts)http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-05-10.sbd.kaplan.1582.sbeok.shnf
05/11/72 Rotterdam Civic Hall - Rotterdam, NL
I ) Playin' In The Band, Sugaree, Mr. Charlie, Black Throated Wind, Deal, Chinatown Shuffle, Mexicali Blues, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, It Hurts Me Too, Beat It On Down The Line, Brown Eyed Women, Jack Straw, Big Railroad Blues, Good Lovin', Casey Jones
II ) Morning Dew, Me & My Uncle, Two Souls In Communion, El Paso, Tennessee Jed, Next Time You See Me, Dark Star-> Drums-> Dark Star-> Sugar Magnolia-> Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)-> Who Do You Love-> Truckin'-> Uncle John's Band E: One More Saturday Night
Best Source: SBD ashley-bertha.7364.sbefail.shnf
Sound Quality: A
Score: 100 pts
(Though it gets just a bit oversaturated at the highest levels, and there is a minimal amount of hiss during the quietest parts, the sound quality of the MR sourced ashley-bertha.7364.sbefail.shnf is excellent and definately superior to the Samaritano transfer)
Comments: Final performance of Caution. 15 beats on BIODTL. Saturday night encore is missing.
Official Release: Chinatown Shuffle is on So Many Roads Boxed Set.
Taper's Section: Caution> Who Do you Love> Truckin' (5/28/07)
Dark Star Timing: Dark Star theme (2:48) > Jam (10:47) > Drum Solo (4:03) > Bass and Drums (1:44) > Spacy Jam (3:13) > Dark Star theme/First Verse (2:30) > Jam (3:40) > Dissonant/Tiger Jam (7:15) > Uptempo Country Jam (1:40) > Uptempo Caution -like Jam (6:00) > Slow tease filled Jam (3:22) > Sugar Magnolia
Notes: A monumental performance, this treasure might be the finest show of the entire tour, if not one of the greatest performances of all time. Every member of the band has brought their A game to Rotterdam, even Pigpen who shines every chance he gets. It's his last chance at Caution, and he makes the most of it, as well as giving a fine effort on Chinatown Shuffle. From the opening moments of the show it becomes apparent that this is going to be special, as the band launches into a dynamite version of Playin' in the Band. Though it only clocks in at 10+ minutes, and it's not as exploratory as the song would get in 1973, it's still a brilliant jazzy rendition as the band twists through the Main Ten theme. Virtually every song extremely well played. Sugaree, Morning Dew and Good Lovin' are all fabulous performances. But certainly all are eclipsed by a 45+ minute Dark Star which has to be considered an opus. At times it's so beautifully played that you might find yourself forgetting to breathe. It's an ultra jazzy oddyssey that you must listen to in a quiet environment with no distractions in order to fully appreciate. Singularly one of the finest moments in the bands history, this one soars right from the opening notes of the theme. 4:30 in, the band briefly locks in on a choppy riff before breaking down into jazzy space. Eventually Jerry steers the band into a quiet passage which eventually takes on a loose Let It Grow theme, Weir slashing in fills. At the 10 minute mark Jerry begins playing a repetitive scale, initating another extraordinary passage lasting untill the drum break. Right out of the drums Phil and Billy collaberate on a sublime Bird Song themed jam that is all too brief before Jerry joins them and gradually guides the jam back to the Dark Star theme and into the first verse. The eleven minute post verse space jam begins with a brilliant duet between Jerry and Phil before things get atonal, gradually building in intensity. The segment turns incredibly wild as Phil detonates an awesome series of explosions, Jerry continuing his attack. The final 11+ minute movement starts out with a fast paced and ultra jazzy passage before briefly aquiring a Caution type theme, Phil returning with a second bombing run. This is followed by another extremely intense Caution themed passage and screaming guitars. By now I imagine the fire alarms had to be going off at the Civic Hall. The concluding passage is beautifully Dylanesque with Pig's swirling organ and some eerie notes from Jerry, finally segueing into Sugar Magnolia. Still there is more to come; a second jam suite featuring a blazing hot Caution> Who Do You Love> Truckin'> UJB. Is there a better performance on this tour? (100 pts)http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-05-11.sbd.ashley-bertha.7364.sbefail.shnfhttp://www.dead.net/features/tapers-section/may-28-june-3-2007-0
05/13/72 Lille Fairgrounds - Lille, FR
I ) Bertha, Black Throated Wind, Chinatown Shuffle, Loser, Beat It On Down The Line, Mr. Charlie, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Me & My Uncle, Big Railroad Blues, Next Time You See Me, Playin' In The Band, Sugaree, Mexicali Blues, Casey Jones
II ) Truckin'-> Drums-> The Other One-> He's Gone, It Hurts Me Too, Sugar Magnolia, Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away E: One More Saturday Night
Best Source: SBD .ladner.3457.sbeok.shnf (complete?) / .miller.21725.sbeok.shnf (partial)
Sound Quality: A-/A+
Score: 95 pts
(The Ladner transfer consisting of the majority of the performance, though hissy, is still an enjoyable listen. The partial miller.21725.sbeok.shnf, consisting only of the second set jam, is superior, possibly sourced from the Taper's section. It's particularly clear, with superb separation, however Phil is a bit low in the mix)
Comments: Free concert. Big River may be missing. The conclusion of the second set is missing?
Tapers Section: Truckin'> Drums. Other One> He's Gone (5/7/07) Bertha, Black Throated Wind, Chinatown Shuffle, Loser (5/12/08)
"...Lille looked like an impressionist painting, cows in the distance, poplar trees in rows, with a little LSD, it wasn't hard to see why Monet and company liked the light in their native country. For Phil especially, it was one of the truly spectacular experiences of a lifetime, as though for an hour or two he lived inside a Seurat or a Cezanne." Dennis McNally
Notes: Back in France for a make up date, the band pulls off another stellar performance. Interrupted by rain, it's not quite as superlative as some of the preceeding shows, however the second set is dynamite. The set opening performance of Truckin' is excellent, featuring some some great licks by Jerry and slashing leads from Weir. Towards the end of the instrumental break you can hear a brief, but unmistakable shot at a Nobody's Jam. The highlight of the free concert is an excellent 28+ minute, sometimes spacey performance of The Other One. The jamming on this one is not nearly as cohesive as the performance in Paris ten days earlier. Still there is some great playing; Weir in particular contributes his trademark slashing leads throughout, and Pigpen adds some eerie organ fills that add to the mood. Following the intense meltdown segment, at about 20:40, there is a compelling movement that contains some brief hints of a Spanish Jam. This is followed by an interesting jam with Billy hammering out a drumbeat and containing some great guitar work from Bobby who comes through the right channel crystal clear. The show ending NFA> GDTRFB, though cut, is terrific as well. Sound quality on the incomplete Ladner transfer is fine, but the partial Miller file is better, possibly sourced from the Taper's Section. It is likely that portions of this performance are missing. (95 pts)http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-05-13.sbd.ladner.3457.sbeok.shnfhttp://www.archive.org/details/gd72-05-13.psbd.miller.21725.sbeok.shnfhttp://www.dead.net/features/tapers-section/may-7-may-13-2007
05/16/72 Theatre Hall - LU "Radio Luxembourg"
I ) Bertha, Me & My Uncle, Mr. Charlie, Sugaree, Black Throated Wind, Chinatown Shuffle, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Beat It On Down The Line, It Hurts Me Too, Tennessee Jed, Playin' In The Band, Promised Land
II ) Truckin'-> Drums-> The Other One-> Sing Me Back Home, Sugar Magnolia, Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away E: One More Saturday Night
Best Source: FM/SBD.unknown.10353.sbeok.shnf
Sound Quality: A/A+
Score: 97 pts
(An extremely high quality European bootleg CD of this show called "Dead Deluxe" circulated during the mid-nineties. Regardless of which transfer, the sound quality of this performance is exceptional. In spite of minimal hiss during the quietest parts, this recording is brilliant and cristal clear, with an ultra lively mix and great separation. This is one of the very finest recordings of the tour)
Comments: Performance for worldwide radio broadcast. Big River and Sugar Magnolia are soundchecked.
The Other One Timing: Other one Jam (5:06) > spacey Other one-ish Jam (1:15) > first verse (1:27) > Other one Jam (1:24) > spacey Jam (6:06) > spacey Other one-ish Jam (2:46) > second verse (0:46) > Sing Me Back Home
Notes: Tight as a drum, with perhaps the most well played first set, this might be the most underrated performance of the tour. Though it's a bit shorter, perhaps to accomodate the radio broadcast, sonically it's superior to most shows from the tour excluding only the official releases. Crisp and clear, the live-wire mix is particularly lively and the separation remarkable. The musicianship too is laser focused and precise. Virtually all the songs are extremely well executed and played at a tempo just a bit faster than was normal for the tour, giving it a vibe somewhat unique to the other Europe shows. Highlights include great performances of Bertha, Me and My Uncle with a great solo by Jerry, a fantastic Sing Me Back Home and what might be the best China/Rider of the tour. Weir's leads blaze through the transition into IKYR. Pig's Chinatown Shuffle is likely his best performance of the song on the the tour and Playin' in the Band is also notable. Though it's not quite jammed at the level of the monumental performances in Copenhagen and Rotterdam, the second set jam suite is excellent. Truckin' is exceptional and includes some incredible leads by Garcia. Although it only clocks in at just under twenty minutes, the Other One is an amazing performance. The intro in particular is unbelievable! It is one of the best Other One intros of all time! The intensity level of the first two and a half minutes is off the charts! This one moves rather quickly into the first verse, mainly sticking with the Other One theme and carrying the momentum well. There is a wild post verse passage starting at 11:00, eventually leading to an awesome explosive barrage from Phil, and ultimately some major lengthy sustained notes from Jerry. A jazzy movement follows, with some Spanish Jam hints before Phil drives things back into The Other One theme prior to the second verse climax. The balance of the set is also well played. This is a thrilling performance from start to finish. (97 pts)http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-05-16.sbd.unknown.10353.sbeok.shnf
05/18/72 Kongressaal, Deutsches Museum - Munich, DE
I ) Truckin', Sugaree, Mr. Charlie, Jack Straw, Tennessee Jed, Chinatown Shuffle, Black Throated Wind, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, El Paso, It Hurts Me Too, You Win Again, Playin' In The Band, Good Lovin', Casey Jones
II ) Sitting On Top Of The World-> Me & My Uncle, Ramble On Rose, Beat It On Down The Line, Dark Star-> Morning Dew-> Drums-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Sing Me Back Home E: One More Saturday Night*
Best Source: SBD miller.79057sbeok.flac16
Sound Quality: A
Score: 96 pts
(A relatively recent and welcome upgrade for this performance, the MR sorced miller.79057sbeok.flac16 is excellent)
Comments: 10 beats on BIODTL. First ever Dark Star> Morning Dew.
Dark Star Timing: Dark Star theme/jam (10:52) > Restate theme (1:56) > First Verse (1:28) > Spacy Jam (4:45) > Jerry, Phil and Bob (1:25) > Dissonant Scary Jam (5:35) > transition (1:37) > Morning Dew
Notes: Another very strong performance, if somewhat less spectacular (with the exception of Morning Dew). Recent upgrades in sound quality have made this show more enjoyable. It's consistently well played. Stand outs include what might be the best ever performance of It Hurts Me Too and of course the superb performance of Dark Star> Morning Dew, the first time that this combination was played together. The 26 minute Dark Star is superb. It's not as beautiful as the performance of the song at Wembley, or as jazzy as the Rotterdam version. Nor is it as cohesive as the rendition in Copenhagen. Still, it is an excellent and up beat performance of the song that carries its momentum entirely through its duration. The intro theme jam is gorgeous. Following a brief bass solo, there is a lovely duet between Garcia and Weir starting at 7:00 that turns nice and jazzy before soaring back into the pre-verse theme. A second bass solo follows the verse and things get atonal for a while, building in intensity before the first ever segue from Dark Star into Morning Dew. This performance of Morning Dew is unique and extraordinarily beautiful. Although the rendition on 5/23 seems to garner more accolades, this one is just a bit better in my opinion. Jerry's voice is strong and his interpretation here is highly emotive. He really slows it down and turns reflective prior to the refrain. One of the elements that sets the music of the European tour apart is the dynamics of having two keyboard payers. Nowhere is this more apparent than during this gorgeous performance of Morning Dew. Pigpens swirling organ fills really seem to complement Keith's piano work on the beautiful quiet parts. It's one of the high points of the tour. An interestingly placed drum break follows Morning Dew before the band launches into a great Sugar Magnolia. (96 pts)http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-05-18.sbd.miller.79057.sbeok.flac16
05/23/72 Strand Lyceum - London, GB
I ) Promised Land, Sugaree, Mr. Charlie, Black Throated Wind, Tennessee Jed, Next Time You See Me, Jack Straw, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Me And My Uncle, Chinatown Shuffle, Big Railroad Blues, Two Souls In Communion, Playing In The Band, Sittin' On Top Of The World, Rockin' Pneumonia & The Boogie Woogie Flu, Mexicali Blues, Good Lovin', Casey Jones
II ) Ramble On Rose, Dark Star-> Drums-> Dark Star-> Morning Dew, He's Gone, Sugar Magnolia, Comes A Time, Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away-> Hey Bo Diddley-> Not Fade Away E: Uncle John's Band
Best Source: SBD unknown.16089.shnf (complete) / SBD cribbs.32863.sbeok.flac16 (partial)
Sound Quality: A-/A
Score: 97 pts
(The Rex Jackson/GEMS remaster might be the best quality complete transfer of this performance. However it's no longer available here. The unknown.16089.shnf is complete and still available here. It's a satisfactory recording, with perhaps some minimal hiss. The partial cribbs.32863.sbeok.flac16 of the second set jam might be just a touch better for that segment of the performance)
Comments: NRPS opened. First Rockin' Pneumonia.
Officia Release: China/Rider, Sitting On Top of the World, Comes a Time, NFA> Hey Bo Diddley> NFA, UJB, Two Souls in Communion are on Steppin' Out.
Taper's Section: Good Lovin' (5/21/07)
Dark Star Timing: tuning (0:42) > spacey tuning (0:48) > Dark Star theme (1:42) > speedy Jam (4:15) > Slow Spacy Jam (4:40) > Bass and Drums (2:50) > Dark Star Jam (3:50) > Dark Star theme (0:33) > First Verse (1:27) > Spacey Jam (4:50) > Dissonant tigerish Jam (2:30) > Jam (1:40) > transition (1:40) > Morning Dew
"The visine bottles came out, and the levels of LSD consumption went up..." Dennis McNally
Notes: This might be the most overrated show of the tour. That said, it's still a phenomenal performance, much of it available in vault remastered sound quality. The number of songs included on Steppin' Out is a testiment to how well played it is. Although, one could also speculate that perhaps superior performances such as in Rotterdam, Copenhagen and Paris might be being reserved for future official release in their entirety? Regardless, it's a very strong show, particularly for Pigpen who shines brightly on Two Souls in Communion. The set list is one of the most interesting of the tour, including a few rare numbers like Sitting On Top of the World, Rockin' Pneumonia and Hey Bo Diddlley. Several songs such as Comes a Time and Uncle Johns Band are candidates for best of the tour . Obviously cogniscant of how powerful the combination was, the band reprises Dark Star> Morning Dew from the previous performance in Munich. In fact they almost can't wait, breaking it out early in the second set. This thirty minute Dark Star goes a bit further, though. And while it doesnt quite reach the dizzying heights achieved on 4/8, 4/24 or 5/11, it is certainly an exceptional performance. Perhaps not quite as cohesive as those versions, but surely not lacking in intensity. Jazzy, almost from the opening notes, the initial intro theme jam is punchy and upbeat. Another interesting passage developes at 8:00, with Jerry bending and sustaining his notes with Phil rumbling. After a brief drum segment there is another jazzy segment, this time its Weir and Garcia getting together before the verse. A wild space follows before a sublime transition into Morning Dew. Again Morning Dew is an extremely powerful performance, superbly played, perhaps superior to the 5/26 version immortalized on Europe '72, and eclipsed only by the extraordinarily emotive rendition from Munich. The show closing GDTRFB> NFA including a rocking Hey Bo Diddley is likely the top performance of this suite on the tour. (97 pts)http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-05-23.sbd.unknown.16089.shnfhttp://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-05-23.sbd.cribbs.32863.sbeok.flac16
05/24/72 Strand Lyceum - London, GB
I ) Cold Rain & Snow, Beat It On Down The Line, Mr. Charlie, Deal, Me & My Uncle, It Hurts Me Too, Dire Wolf, Black Throated Wind, Chinatown Shuffle, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Playin' In The Band, You Win Again, Jack Straw, Casey Jones
II ) Rockin' Pneumonia, Mexicali Blues, Black Peter, Truckin'-> Drums-> The Other One-> Sing Me Back Home-> Sugar Magnolia, Turn On Your Love Light-> The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion) E: One More Saturday Night
Best Source: AUD pye-jones.harper-sirmick.87027.flac16 (incomplete) / SBD unknown.91509.flac16 (2nd set partial)
Sound Quality: B-/A
Score: 96 pts
(This entire performance may not circulate in its entirety. The incomplete audience recording sirmick.87027.flac16 is rather poor in sound quality and difficult to enjoy. The partial second set Andy Lemieux remastered soundboard recording unknown.91509.flac16 is quite good)
Comments: NRPS opened. Final Pigpen Lovelight. Mexican Hat Dance tuning before Truckin'. There are a number of cuts in the first set. Sing Me Back Home Fades. Sugar Magnolia is cut. Lovelight> Two Souls and Saturday Night are missing.
Official Release: Hurts Me Too and You Win Again are on Europe '72. Cold Rain and Snow, Mexicali Blues, Black Peter, Chinatown Shuffle and Rockin' Pneumonia are on Steppin' Out. Lovelight> Two Souls in Communion in on the Rockin' the Rhein release.
Taper's Section: Truckin'> Drums> Other One> Sing Me Back Home (5/25/09) Rockin' Pneumonia (3/8/10)
Notes: Another rather difficult performance to score. If the complete show was available in the sound quality of the Andy Lemieux remaster it would undoubtedly garner a score a couple of points higher. Although a number of songs from this performance have been included in official releases, the incomplete show is only available in poor audience recordings and unfortunately several songs are cut, and a significant portion of the second set is entirely missing. Luckily a partial recording including the compelling second set jam is available as a very good quality soundboard. Following the neat Mexican Hat Dance tuning jam, Truckin' seems a bit rushed. But the thirty-minute performance of The Other One, though somewhat dissonant at times, is nicely jazzy and contains some brilliant passages. It's a rather edgy version, largely driven by Phil's bass lines. A gorgeous jazzy theme developes about three and a half minutes in, but unfortunately it breaks down prematurely. At 6:30, both guitars lock in on a great duet, Garcia and Weir sounding not unlike Duanne and Betts during this extended passage prior to the first verse. An atonal space segment follows, but Phil pushes this into a nice jazzy groove starting at 17:30. A Caution-like theme developes before a another spacey jam with sustained keyboard effects. Once again it's Phil bass driving the band back into The Other One theme prior to the second verse conclusion. Pig's following performance of Lovelight> Two Souls is excellent. Unfortunately, most of the balance of the set is missing. Against the extraordinarily high level of the performances preceeeding this one, it pales somewhat in comparison. But in truth this is a dynamite show! The second set jam as well as the material included on the official releases is certainly quite compelling. (96 pts)http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-05-24.pye-jones.harper-sirmick.87027.flac16http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-05-24.sbd-pset2.unknown.91509.flac16http://www.dead.net/features/tapers-section/may-25-may-31-2009
05/25/72 Strand Lyceum - London, GB
I ) Promised Land , Brown Eyed Women, Big Boss Man, Black Throated Wind, Tennessee Jed, Mr. Charlie, Jack Straw, China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider, Me And Bobby McGee, Good Lovin', Playing In The Band, Brokedown Palace, Casey Jones
II ) Me And My Uncle, Big Railroad Blues, Chinatown Shuffle, Ramble On Rose, Uncle John's Band -> Jam -> Wharf Rat -> Dark Star -> Sugar Magnolia, Comes A Time, El Paso, Sittin' On Top Of The World, Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad-> One More Saturday Night
Best Source: SBD .miller.87682.sbeok.flac16 (incomplete)
Sound Quality: A-/A
Score: 98 pts*
(Although the relatively new but incomplete Eaton sourced miller.87682.sbeok.flac16 is rather hissy during the quiet portions, it's still highly enjoyable, and we are quite lucky to have it. The audience recordings that circulated prior to its availability were rather poor in quality)
Comments: NRPS opened. Final Pigpen Good Lovin'. Garcia plays organ during intro of Good Lovin'. Tennesse Jed, Playin' in the Band and Sugar Magnolia are cut. Comes a Time, El Paso, Sitting On top of the World, GDTRFB> One More Saturday Night are missing.
Tapers Section: Uncle John's Band> Wharf Rat> Dark Star> Sugar Magnolia (5/25/09)
Dark Star Timing: Opening theme/Jam (8:25) > Spacey and dissonant Jam (6:00) > Jazzy Jam (2:06) > tiger Jam (7:32) > Sugar Magnolia transition (0:40) > Sugar Magnolia.
"Acid madness of epic proportions in full swing." Rock Scully
Notes: Perhaps the last great performance by Pigpen. Only relatively recently has a more comprehensive, but still incomplete soundboard recording of this fantastic performance become available. Sadly, a good chunk of the second set of this excellent concert is still missing. Although the show gets off to a bit of a slow start, by the middle of the first set things start to heat up. The 17 minute, last Pigpen performance of Good Lovin' is phenomenal. It features a nice smokey jam and some extraordinary lead guitar by Weir. Is that really Garcia playing organ during the intro? Playin' in the Band is typically psychedelic. It's one of the better performances of the song on the tour, the band starting to stretch it out a bit. The highlight of the show of course, is the incredible second set jam sequence and another amazing performance of Dark Star. A great Uncle John's Band kicks off the suite, possibly the best of the tour. But it's during the jam prior to Wharf Rat where the music really takes off. It's an amazing rendition of the song, highly emotive, and perhaps the best performance of Wharf Rat on the tour. Once again we are treated to monumental performance of Dark Star. This exploratory performance covers a great deal of ground during the almost 17 minutes prior to the first verse, much of it is quite jazzy. The snappy opening theme jam in particular is dynamite, and an intense spacey jam punctuated by some wild bass chords preceeds the first verse. After the verse, at about 18:30, a rather amazing bass driven jam developes with some very cool interplay between Billy, Keith and Phil. Eventually Weir leads the band into a beautiful Feelin' Groovy Jam that lasts several delightful minutes before things get rather wild, Phil producing some rather interesting sounds prior to things melting down into a dizzying space segment. Unfortunately, the conclusion of the performance is missing after Sugar Magnolia. You might think that after two months on the road, the band might show more evidence of fatigue or a lapse in creativity, however this is a tremendous show. Will we ever hear the complete performance? (98 pts*)
*If the new soundboard recording contained the complete show, this performance might garner a perfect score!http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-05-25.sbd.miller.87682.sbeok.flac16http://www.dead.net/features/tapers-section/may-25-may-31-2009
05/26/72 Strand Lyceum - London, GB
I ) Promised Land, Sugaree, Mr. Charlie, Black Throated Wind, Loser, Next Time You See Me, El Paso, Dire Wolf, Two Souls In Communion, Playin' In The Band, He's Gone, Cumberland Blues, Jack Straw, Chinatown Shuffle, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away
II ) Truckin'-> Jam-> The Other One-> Drums-> The Other One-> Jam-> Morning Dew-> The Other One-> Sing Me Back Home, Me & My Uncle, Ramble On Rose, Sugar Magnolia, Casey Jones E: One More Saturday Night
Best Source: SBD waddell.89641.sbeok.flac16 (GEMS)
Sound Quality: A-/A
Score: 100 pts
(All four of the available MR sourced transfers here are more or less comparable in sound quality. There is just a minimal amount of hiss. More so on Matt Vernon's remaster, though it may also be just a touch more brilliant. I went with the Todd Evans sourced GEMS remaster, but the difference in quality is inconsequential)
Comments: NRPS opened.
Official Release: Truckin' /Epilogue and Prelude/Morning Dew are on Europe '72. Jack Straw is on Steppin' Out.
The Other One Timing: Other one Hints (0:15) > Jam (3:55) > Other One (0:39) > Bass (0:57) > Other One (2:45) > Spacey Drum Jam (2:00) > Other One (4:40) > Drums (2:19) > Other One (0:46) > first verse (0:40) > Other One (0:52) > Prelude (10:02) > Morning Dew (9:37) > Other One (4:52 )> second verse (0:50) > Sing Me Back Home
"He's playing with his back to the audience, tears streaming down his face, the music playing the band...Ecstacy on every level." Dennis McNally on Jerry during the Prelude sequence prior to Morning Dew
Notes: A monumental performance, the band has pulled out all the stops for their last show of the tour. The nineteen song 2+ hour first set, perhaps the finest of the tour, is a monster, featuring fantastic performances of Cumberland Blues, Jack Straw, China/Rider, Playin' in the Band and a surprise Dire Wolf. Concluding with a jammed out NFA> GDTRFB> NFA, this set on its own would have been a great show. But of course the band still has a bit of magic left in the tank, the second set comencing with a jam suite right off the bat. This one will sound very familiar with the incredible Truckin' and Morning Dew immortalized on Europe '72 split by an epic 35+ minute, largely percusion driven performance of The Other One which gets reprised twice. The post Truckin' "Epilogue" is phenomenal. Seamless, it's difficult to discern where Truckin' ends and The Other One begins, Jerry and Keith are locked in so tightly. A brief but intense bass solo preceeds the intro theme. After a great drum solo the theme fires up again. Keiths playing is extraordinary here. During a brief segment just prior to the first verse he sounds like Steve Winwood. The following ten minute post-verse "Prelude" to Morning Dew is one of the most compelling passages that the band has ever played. After the phenomenal performance of Morning Dew the band finds their way back into The Other One. Three minutes into second reprise there is some rather cool interplay between Weir and Garcia which its followed by a brief but sublime duet between Pigpen and Keith that must be heard to be believed. Simply beautiful, it's an amazing conclusion to this epic tour. (100 pts)http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-05-26.sbd.waddell.89641.sbeok.flac16